Saint Seiya was once a popular Manga series in the 80’s and even a decent Anime series in the 90’s, how does the latest Saint Seiya video game honor the franchise?

Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul doesn’t do anything spectacular compared to previous games but delivers on the parts that matter. Soldiers soul is the latest addition to the video game catalogue of Saint Seiya and lets you relive all the important battles and the stories behind them from the Twelve Zodiac Temples arc to the battles against Hades as well as other surprises.

Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul is developed by Dimps, Dimps who also has worked on Dragon Ball Z titles in the past few years did an amazing job with the latest Dragon Ball game Xenoverse and continue to be amazing by co-developing Street Fighter V produced by Capcom.

Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul is based on the new anime series, Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold, which aired in Japan and features all new Gold saints with God Cloths. Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul runs in 1080p and at 60fps on PlayStation 4 and PC and I didn’t experience any drops or other issues when I played the PS4 versions. However, I do have to say that the loading screens take quite long for a game that’s focused on such a small arena. The game has English text, but no English voiceovers which I like, I will always use original voice acting, overall the original voices are way better.

Saint Seiya is at heart an anime based fighting game and a pretty decent one may I add. Dimps who has quite some experience with fighting games developed the game and that’s always a good thing, the fighting looks and feels very similar to their latest project Dragon Ball Xenoverse, which is a good thing. Instead of using Kamehameha’s and such you use the Saint Seiya versions of these moves and ultimate attacks are similar to Big Bang Attacks. Dimps has adjusted the Big Bang Attacks so they are easier to input compared to Brave Soldiers and they’ve tweaked how much damage these moves do. Players can also activate a Cosmos Blast which changes the scenery to a space like environment for just an instance. When this is activated you have a limited amount of time where you are in a power up period and you have the chance to end this mode with a Big Bang Attack. Dimps also added air combos into Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul plus a mix of long range and short range attacks. The game doesn’t have attack canceling though.

I came to the following conclusion going through the many modes Soldiers Soul has to offer, “I can’t fight with Cygnus Hyoga and I’m amazing with Dragon Shiryu” For some reason I will always die when I use Cygnus Hyoga and I can’t remove the continue screen from my memories and the agonizing words coming through my controllers speaker, I can almost speak these words in Japanese fluently because that’s how many times I had died with Hyoga. Shiryu on the other hand plays like a Fei Long and Marshall Law hybrid and is absolutely fast and fierce, He’s my favorite and one of the many reasons I could end a certain amount of stages with an S ranking.

Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul feautures 2 main game modes “Legend of Cosmo” and “Battle of Gold”. legend of Cosmo lets you relive the story and witness the rise of the Gold Saints in God Cloths, Battle of Gold lets you battle different Gold Saints under certain conditions and lets you unlocke ven more content for the game, more  Assist Phrases, extra levels, BGM and more playable characters

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Ain't no thing like me, except me. I am 50% of the awesome people behind this website. I enjoy writing about my deep love for (J)RPG's, fighting games, and Destiny. Really do not like Call of Duty and Battle Royale games. Absolutely love Sushi and Burgers.

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